News

Ministry of Tourism Freezes Water Sport Licenses in the Red Sea and Sinai

Ministry of Tourism Freezes Water Sport Licenses in the Red Sea and Sinai

Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism has issued a one-year moratorium on new business licenses for diving and safari yacht centers and other activity providers in the South Sinai and the Red Sea governorates, Egypt Independent reports. The administrative decree also prohibits the expansion of existing licenses to include any additional activities or zones.

As part of decree no. 617 of 2019, issued by Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat yesterday and released in the official Egyptian Gazette, kitesurfing and windsurfing centers and sail boat operators are exempt from the measure.

The directive goes into effect today, but it won’t apply to dive centers and other water sport providers whose licensing proceedings began prior to this date, Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.

It is not clear why the measure was adopted, however some in the media have speculated that it is aimed at addressing the mounting pressure on marine life in the Red Sea due to climate change, plastic pollution, and other environmental factors. These stressors are compounded by the surge of tourist influx into Egypt over the past few months, which are expected to add additional pressure on marine life in the Red Sea, one of the most biodiverse and resilient ecosystems and a mecca for divers and water sport enthusiasts the world over.

Egypt is the 8th Safest Country Worldwide: Gallup 2019
Egypt Secures Olympic Games Spot After Victory Against South Africa

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Upholds Court Order to Ban Jewish Festival of 19th Century Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 26, 2020

Public Prosecution Orders 3 Alleged Fairmont Rapists Detained Pending Investigation

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 26, 2020

Interpol Extradites Three Egyptians Implicated in ‘Fairmont Gang Rape’ from Lebanon to Egypt

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 24, 2020

PayTabs Egypt is Giving COVID-19 Impacted Small Businesses Free Access to Digital Payment Solutions

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 24, 2020

Egyptian Journalist Lina Attalah Named One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 23, 2020

Egypt Signs East Mediterranean Gas Forum Charter

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 22, 2020

14 Fully Intact and Sealed Coffins Discovered after 2,500 Years in Egypt’s Saqqara

Amina ZaineldineSeptember 21, 2020

Egyptian ‘TikTok’ Star Menna Abdel Aziz Released: Lawyers

Egyptian StreetsSeptember 18, 2020